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Denver Public Schools
October 19, 2018
Two more Denver schools win additional freedom from district rules
The schools will create a new “innovation zone,” bringing the district’s number of quasi-autonomous zones to three.
End of an era
October 18, 2018
Rising test scores and dwindling trust: Denver’s Tom Boasberg leaves a complicated legacy
However, even his harshest detractors agree that if nothing else, he was driven.
October 16, 2018
Closure is still an option, but a new approach will let struggling Denver schools make their case
The changes mean the board will have more options and more discretion.
October 16, 2018
In Colorado’s high-poverty schools, many teachers are just starting their careers
The percentage of Colorado’s teachers in their first or second year in the classroom is among the highest in the nation. That has consequences for students and teachers.
2018 SPF ratings
October 12, 2018
Fewer Denver schools earn top ratings as the district raises the bar for quality
Now, to get the district's highest ratings, schools need to show that more of their students can read, write, and do math at grade level.
October 11, 2018
Teachers getting better under Tennessee’s controversial evaluation system, says new analysis
Measurable benefits for both students and teachers have come out of the system since 2011, says the National Council on Teacher Quality.
October 9, 2018
Five ways a proposed immigration rule could impact Colorado students and schools
Advocates for immigrant families fear that a proposed federal rule governing green card decisions could pose challenges for students, educators, and schools.
October 4, 2018
What Denver parents, students, and teachers said they want in the next superintendent
“We need a superintendent that has lived through a lot of the experiences of our kids.”
blue ribbon schools
October 1, 2018
These five Colorado schools won the nation’s top education honor
The U.S. Department of Education recognized 349 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools.
September 27, 2018
Retiree named interim leader of Denver district as superintendent search continues
His first day as interim will be Oct. 20, and he will serve until a permanent superintendent starts.
September 25, 2018
She was principal at a struggling Denver charter. Now she teaches at the school that replaced it.
Cesar Chavez Academy and Rocky Mountain Prep worked together to try to make the transition smooth.
September 11, 2018
As 4-year-old preschool programs become the norm, Denver looks to reach 3-year-olds next
The Denver Preschool Program's new spending on 3-year-old classrooms fits with a growing recognition that such investments amplify the impact of 4-year-old preschool programs.
September 10, 2018
Denver district attorney not filing charges against school board president
A district attorney spokesman cited no evidence and “no reasonable likelihood of conviction.”
on the clock
September 10, 2018
After another low rating, Denver’s Manual High could face state intervention
Manual’s situation is noteworthy because Denver Public Schools generally has taken aggressive action toward low-performing schools before the state can step in.
September 7, 2018
Amid heated community debate, Denver extends time for superintendent search
The initial public meetings have surfaced longstanding tensions between those who believe in the school district’s vision and those who don’t.
September 6, 2018
Meet Colorado’s six finalists for 2019 Teacher of the Year
Six teachers have been chosen as finalists for Colorado’s 2019 Teacher of the Year award, with the winner set to be announced by Nov. 1.
September 4, 2018
An initiative that helps teachers buy a home is expanding to 15 Colorado districts
Using philanthropic dollars, the initiative pays for part of an educator’s down payment.
August 31, 2018
Young lives lost: Suicide prevention efforts expand slowly and cautiously in elementary schools
After the suicide of a 9-year-old Denver boy, lawmakers and educators are grappling with the realization that children need more mental health support.
August 30, 2018
A $1 million grant will help Denver schools train teachers to address student trauma
The donation is not tied to recent tragedies, but district officials said it could prevent future ones.
August 29, 2018
After a suicide and a shooting, Denver’s superintendent urges community to ‘do everything possible to protect our children’
Denver Public Schools has experienced a painful start to the school year.
August 27, 2018
The ‘puzzling’ case of Denver’s unusually low ninth-grade PSAT scores
“Same classrooms, same teachers,” Superintendent Tom Boasberg said. “This year, different assessment – and their growth fell off a cliff.”
Updated August 29, 2018
Want to weigh in on Denver’s next superintendent? Here are the meetings.
There are six regional meetings scheduled for September, with more to come.
August 21, 2018
After a spike in unpaid school lunches last year, Denver takes steps to prevent a reprise
A year after the Denver school district instituted a policy meant to prevent lunch-shaming, district officials are planning new measures to reduce debt from unpaid meals.
August 20, 2018
‘They deserve the best:’ A Denver principal talks about restarting a school in her home city
We sat down with Angelina Walker, the new principal of John H. Amesse Elementary in Montbello, to talk about her vision.
state test results
August 16, 2018
With accelerated growth in literacy and math, Denver students close in on state averages
Still, fewer than half of Denver students in grades three through eight met state expectations in literacy, and only about a third met them in math.
August 15, 2018
College student, former candidate jumps into Denver school board race – early
Tay Anderson, 20, said he will run next November for the board seat currently occupied by Happy Haynes.
August 14, 2018
‘Who we are:’ Denver’s background statement for superintendent candidates, annotated
Read the full document here. We’ve also annotated it with explanations, context, and links to our previous coverage.
August 10, 2018
This search firm will help Denver find its next superintendent
The board has agreed to pay Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates $30,000 plus travel expenses.
August 8, 2018
Answering a call: Here’s who raised their hands to open a new middle school in Stapleton
Enrollment in the neighborhood is growing, and the Denver district needs a new middle school there.
August 6, 2018
State investigation: Denver violated federal rules, delayed services to students with disabilities
The investigation was prompted by a complaint filed on behalf of several Denver students.
August 2, 2018
Opposing groups call for all sides to play nice in Denver schools superintendent search
The statement quickly prompted a backlash on social media from community members who have been critical of the district.
July 31, 2018
The Denver school board is aiming to name superintendent finalists by October
But some community members are already skeptical of the process and timeline.
educators of color
July 30, 2018
Denver’s newest group of teachers is its most diverse ever
Hiring more teachers of color has long been a goal for the urban district.
July 27, 2018
‘You can do whatever you set your mind to:’ Three Denver students talk about their summer internships
Denver Public Schools has been running the internship program, called CareerLaunch, for three years.
July 25, 2018
New data, shifting plans: Denver district calls for new middle school in Stapleton
Six months after Denver district leaders opted not to seek proposals for new schools serving specific grades and neighborhoods, they changed course Wednesday, announcing plans…
July 18, 2018
Meet one possible successor to departing Denver superintendent Tom Boasberg
Susana Cordova, Denver's deputy superintendent, already led the district once before.
July 18, 2018
Denver community has lots of advice on picking a new superintendent – who will the board heed?
In the wake of news that Tom Boasberg will step down as Denver's superintendent, community members have begun to weigh in on what they want in the district's next leader.
July 17, 2018
Here’s how the local and national education communities are responding to Boasberg’s exit
As the news of Tom Boasberg’s departure ricocheted through the local and national education community, critics and champions of the Denver schools superintendent sounded off.
July 17, 2018
These 12 stories help define Tom Boasberg’s tenure leading Denver’s schools
Tom Boasberg leaves behind nearly a decade of high-profile debates and decisions that reshaped the city’s public school system and made local and national headlines.
End of an era
July 17, 2018
Denver superintendent Tom Boasberg is stepping down after nearly 10 years
Boasberg will continue to serve for 90 days, as his contract with the district requires.
Looking to the future
July 13, 2018
Why this standalone Denver charter school is considering joining forces with a network
Leaders from both Roots Elementary and Rocky Mountain Prep see a potential merger as mutually beneficial.
July 3, 2018
The first year of teaching is notoriously tough. Denver is experimenting with a new approach
“Associate teachers” will teach part-time in a high-poverty school and spend the rest of their time planning, observing, and learning.
June 29, 2018
Denver’s new plan gives its neediest students a shot at coveted schools, but waitlists could grow
“This is a real big step forward in enrollment equity,” Superintendent Tom Boasberg said.
June 28, 2018
KIPP charter network launching biliteracy program at new Denver elementary school
KIPP officials heard from families in southwest Denver who wanted a bilingual education for their children.
June 27, 2018
Denver principals denounce family separation policies, reassure immigrants that schools are safe for their children
Principals of Denver schools say changes in immigration policy and enforcement have left their students traumatized and fearful.
June 27, 2018
AmeriCorps ‘volunteers’ in Denver schools were district employees, investigation finds
The district department that got the grant is barred from reapplying.
June 25, 2018
Colorado releases new childhood immunization data: See how your school measures up
Colorado recently released the second version of its school-by-school immunization database.
June 22, 2018
When Denver stopped lunch-shaming, debt from unpaid meals skyrocketed
After the Denver school district outlawed lunch-shaming last fall, debt from unpaid lunches ballooned.
June 20, 2018
Some see a victory in Denver pausing its school closure policy, others a ‘slap in the face’
“We know this is not a result of DPS coming to some enlightened position around school closures. We know this is directly related to communities organizing.”
June 19, 2018
The principal of Denver’s South High School is leaving due to health concerns
Bobby Thomas, formerly principal of Summit Academy, will be the interim principal for the 2018-19 school year.
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